VISITOR POLICIES & FAQ
We do not try to ruin anyone’s stay with a lot of useless rules. That we take the time to write them down and also explain them on your arrival should indicate that these are things we are serious about and we need everyone to understand that they exist for a reason.
is 2 weeks. Volunteers are welcomed and encouraged to stay longer. We understand that sometimes your stay in Thailand includes a very rushed itinerary which might only be a part of a visit to SE Asia. It might seem just fine to stop for a week while on your travels and contribute however, the planning and coordination for every volunteer does take significant effort for our staff. It does require time for volunteers to understand and adjust to the routine at Daruma including both the volunteer work and the community responsibilities.
Arrival on Monday or Tuesday is preferred and Wednesday is acceptable. Saturday and Sunday are usually days off for the volunteer coordinating staff. If it is completely impossible to adjust your itinerary to arrive any day other than Friday, Saturday or Sunday, you will need to work half-days on the farm both Saturday and Sunday and your first full day off will be the following weekend. Arrival on Thursday will require half day work on either Saturday or Sunday.
Be comfortable Volunteers in the school should wear comfortable, appropriate attire for working in a school. Farm volunteers also should select comfort and this might surprisingly mean long-sleeved shirts. Keeping the sun off is actually a better way to stay cool than taking as much off as possible. Shoes should, similarly, be comfortable. Boots are not required but a wide brim hat is a good idea.
Thailand has a different understanding of what is acceptable in regards to modesty in personal attire. Responsible and conscientious travelers educate themselves about what is appropriate for their destination. When the host country differs with what might be normally acceptable in a travelers home, it is not appropriate to challenge the host’s opinion. If there are any questions about what is acceptable, feel free to ask. This also applies to holidays and the Daruma swimming area. Ultra-small swimwear should be avoided in Thailand.
We do not try to ruin anyone’s stay with a lot of useless rules. That we take the time to write them down and also explain them on your arrival should indicate that these are things we are serious about and we need everyone to understand that they exist for a reason. In addition to the ones listed here, some things will be explained during your orientation.
No Smoking – Not anywhere on the farm property or in any of the buildings, anytime. No exceptions. It is okay to smoke outside the farm at the gate but not when the children are arriving to or departing from school.
Be on Time – The work at Daruma and Mosaic may seem chaotic at times. It can be hard to coordinate as many things that are happening each day some of which might not even be apparent. If you have a duty or responsibility to be somewhere at a certain time please be diligent about being on time or else you might contribute to the chaos…
Alcohol – We have no problem with responsible consumption of alcohol at the farm. As long as it does not create any issues with the reason you are present in the first place, meaning, you re able to safely do your volunteer work or participate in your course of instruction. As we are a school, we must always maintain and present a good image of responsible alcohol usage as well. The community area can be visited anytime so it should never appear that it was a scene of a rock concert for example.
Hitchhiking – Hitchhiking is not illegal in Thailand and is actually quite popular with many travelers. If it is safe or unsafe depends on the person offering a ride. However, in our very small community, the local population considers it to be very dangerous. And since they know almost all foreigners in Bang Phra are from Daruma Eco-farm or Mosaic school, they literally ‘panic’ when they see someone hitchhiking. This prompts them to immediately make phone calls to our family and friends to express their concern. Therefore, please support our local tuktuk and motorcycle taxi drivers.
Be sure to bring your own towel, toiletries, bug spray, and a padlock for locker if desired.
Something more than flip-flops!
We can provide you: Gloves, boots, hat.
In the market you will probably find all the items you may need at very reasonable prices.
Our kitchen operates on a “cook as you go, clean as you go” policy. Basic food staples are provided for volunteers to cook their own shared meals. Rice, fresh fruits and veggies, canned goods, meat and dairy are kept in a fully-equipped kitchen for your use, with plenty of cooking gadgets—even a rocket stove. If you have special dietary restrictions, notify us in advance so the pantry and fridge are stocked appropriately. You can also forage from the grounds, although be sure whatever you’re picking is safe to be consumed!
Access to internet at Daruma Farm is limited. No streaming, downloading or uploading is allowed. If you need internet access for high-bandwidth activities you can bicycle to our Spa (about 15 minutes) which has a stronger internet connection.
We have a computer that can be used by volunteers.
Laundry is available for 50 baht per load (washed, dried and folded). Ironing can be arranged, payable per item.
Bicycles can be borrowed from the farm for short trips (like the supermarket). We also provide the phone number for local taxis and tuk tuks.